Jemele Hill of ESPN has just been given one of the highest honors in her industry. The National Association of Black Journalist (NABJ) have named her their "Journalist of the Year." The award is given annually to the a journalist “who has amassed a distinguished body of work with extraordinary depth, scope and significance to the people of the African Diaspora.”
The ESPN star, a former host of many major shows on the network including His & Hers and Sportscenter, is currently the Senior correspondent and columnist for ESPN’s The Undefeated. She will receive the Journalist Of The Year award at the NABJ Convention and Career Fair in her hometown of Detroit later this summer.
NABJ’s vice president of print Marlon A. Walker said Hill is the “epitome of what a black journalist should be.” The media organization has chosen to honor Hill for using her platform to address national, social and cultural issues while still talking about sports.
Last year was quite a ride for Ms. Hill. She found herself in hot water with some fans and many critics because of a few statements she made on athletes' right to be able to protest. Her statements brought criticism from some NFL owners as well as President Trump. Following the highly-publicized tweets, she stepped down from her 6 p.m. hosting spot on ESPN’s SportsCenter6 after the media company placed her on a two-week suspension. Despite being with ESPN for a little more than a decade, she has publicly said she has no regrets.
NABJ will present Hill with the award Aug. 4 at the NABJ Salute to Excellence Awards in Detroit.